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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 913 Co MMUNITY PERSPECTIVE. Slow response turns Ebola .into African Trojan horse Slow responses on the behalf of West African nations and the international community have allowed the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa to transition into a full-scale international biohazard. Officials of the World Health Organization state there have been more than 730 deaths, including 60 health workers, from West Africa&apos;s first and current Ebola outbreak. The disease has infiltrated Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia and, most recently, Nigeria. The fears by the international community that the disease will spread to neighboring countries have been realized. This is especially concerning WHERE I STAND amount of transmission ........................................................................................................... points, many of which JEREMY BAMIDELE JOURNALIST because the disease is not curable and carries with it an up to 90 percent fatality rate. Dr. Margaret Chan, the WHO director general, has stated that if the contagion is not contained soon the effects could be "catastrophic." WHO spokesperson Gregory Hartl stated, "There could well be cases in the community that we have missed because this has been one of the biggest challenges in terms of also tracing contacts." He states that one of the biggest obstacles facing the containment is the vast rema!n unknown. The fact that carriers of the disease are spread out, as opposed to centralized, makes it difficult to set up treatment posts and requires that health officials locate and transport those who have been possibly infected. This is made especially problematic by skepticism directed toward foreign health officials. Because the disease can remain dormant for several weeks, during which time it remains infectious, the disease has a high potential for beingunknowingly spread. With one sick individual possessing the capacity to infect several more, the disease possesses an exponential infection potential. Many problems are preventing the containment of the outbreak, including cultural customs of body burial that involve kissing and touching of the body of those who have died, including from Ebola. Ebola is then transmitted through mucus membranes. These same family members, when questioned, often deny having come in contact with the body. This makes it difficult to decide whom to test for the virus. Many locals of these countries are skeptical of the intent of health officials sent to contain the outbreak. This has led to heaRh officials literally being run out of towns where the need for education about the disease is most needed. Since the disease is untreatable, those who fear they've been infected tend not to seek treatment, fearing they'll be stigmatized in their last portion of life. This 'leads to an increased populace exposed to the disease. WHO and West African leaders are finalizing a $100 million plan aimed at containing the virus. Chan and her associates are currently meeting with leaders from Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and the Ivory Coast in an effort to draft the plan. Several hundred medical personnel from WHO are about to be deployed to West Africa. An emergency committee met on Wednesday, Aug. 6, to discuss possible international risks. Liberia has closed its schools, temporarily suspended non-essential public servant s and closed its borders. Sierra Leone has declared a state of emergency. The outbreak, which was initially responded to with indifference, is now being seen as a Trojan horse with the potential to bring West Africa to its knees. Jeremy Bamidele is ana tionally syndica ted journalist. He can be rmched a t jbami@sas.upo3.edu. LETTEt<S to the EDITOR Guidelines for Letters All letters must contain an address and a phone number. We publish only one letter per week per person and only one letter per person per month regarding the same subject. We do not publish third-party, anonymous, or open letters. Letters must be limited to a maximum of 300 words. The editor will cut any letter in excess of 300 words. The deadline is Friday at 3p.m. (Deadlines may change due to holidays.) Letters may be taken to any of Feather Publishing's offices, sent via fax to 283-3952 or e-mailed to dmcdonald@pws.co Sheriff displays guts, integrity Sheriff Hagwood deserves vigorous applause for finally naming the elephant in the room. He has used the word "cartels" to describe the major pot producers in our forests. This is more important than the value of the seizure or the arrest of a suspect. For years, we have read accounts of significant pot busts in Plumas County. They typically fall into two groups. One type is more or less like the raid a few years ago in which a latter-day hippie couple was surprised to learn that their rather unconcealed production was illegal. Their principle concern was not the loss of the crop, but the detention of their child. The other sort of bust is more like the incident in which a non-English speaker with an AK-47 confronted a hiker. In the time it took for the hiker to summon authorities, the well-hidden, well-equipped grow site had been evacuated, leaving chemicals, trash, and irrigation behind. The reality behind these headlines has never been much in doubt. The big question has long been not who runs big pot in California but why no one in authority will admit it. Even RAND Corporation released a study claiming that the Mexican cartels were not running the industry in California. They showed that consumption was of primarily domestic, not foreign, product. That evidence actually proves nothing at all about who is running the largest operations or who gets the money. Now, at least in Plumas County, someone has the guts and integrity to Say it out loud. This is a major boost to the credibility of law enforcement in our area. No matter whether you favor tougher laws and enforcement, or would argue for complete legalization, facing the facts is a prerequisite for dealing with the realities. And it started here. Scott Corey Quincy Trees don't create oxygen One entertaining letter in last week's edition started with cheerful news about the installation of a solar electric system and about how Plumas County's dark and clean skies benefit stargazing. Unfortunately, the letter went on to push an agenda and used some erroneous statements in that pursuit. It was stated that "Forests ... produce oxygen ..." That part of the statement was completely false. Antoine Lavoisier, who lived from 1743 to 1794, established the law of the conservation of matter which states that matter, including the precious gas oxygen, cannot be created or destroyed. (Page 660, Biology, The Essential Principles, second edition, Thomas M. Graham, 1987, Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company). When molecules of oxygen combine with twice their number of hydrogen molecules water is formed. A compound of one carbon molecule and one oxygen molecule forms carbon monoxide, a large'part Of tailpipe emissions. And when one carbon Combines with two oxygens it forms carbon dioxide. You'll see carbon dioxide in the bubbles floating to the top of a glass of soda, or other carbonated beverages. I've read that carbon dioxide is also crucial to the chemical transformation involved in the baking of bread. Animals, including humans, inhale a richer oxygen mixture and exhale more carbon dioxide. Green plants pull the carbon and emit that richer oxygen mixture. The form of the matter is changed, it is definitely not destroyed by the human beings nor is it "produced by the trees." Since the letter clearly indicates a basic ignorance of one of the most fundamental laws of science, conservation Of matter, what right does the fellow have to demand "scientific proof that thinning makes forests healthy or reduces wildfire?" Indian Valley needs one(or more) biomass boilers ASAP. Gene Nielsen Crescent Mills New blood needed Okay, city voters, you have a chance to turn your city around in November by electing new blood to the "old" City Council. Do not elect the "appointed" members serving on the City Council. These two have done nothing to help your city during their appointed terms. Name one significant item they have accomplished for the city. Do you hear crickets? Have they lowered water rates? Have they improved business? Have they lowered LAFCo fees? Have they lowered attorney or CPA salaries? There is a recession going on and these two city positions haven't suffered any cost cutting. Have they done anything to make this city better? Roads, sidewalks? The answer is a resounding no. What have Powers and Morton done? They failed to stand up to the Plumas County Board of Supervisors. You still pay $50,000 every year to LAFCo when you only have two special districts in the city limits, out of 53 special districts in the county. Vote them out. They have zero private business experience, they can't run a meeting without paying the city attorney $200 an hour every meeting and a retainer of $60,000. Vote them out. They have knowingly or ignorantly allowed your city fire department to be out of compliance with OSHA and state standards; while yO u wait for a response to your calls for help. Vote them out. Your city will continue to die because you continue to let Morton and Powers do nothing while collecting a paycheck. Elect new council members with business experience and determination. Trent Saxton Lake Davis Chemtrails Finally in our own local newspaper, a credible essay regarding the profusion of chemtrails. I have watched these increase in our skies for months, with no word from any of our elected officials or media to explain what is going on. The patterns that crisscross the skies and expand to obliterate the sun can't be doing us any good. I am noticing strange spots on the foliage of deciduous trees in the forest. Do we want to breathe this stuff?. What possible purpose can be worth the expenditure of so much fuel? If this is some idea of preventing climate change, tell us how it is going to work. Such continued secrecy certainly doesn't foster any trust in the government and the corporations that control it. How about getting the Board of Supervisors involved in looking into this situation? At least let us know what chemical cocktail is being used and for what purpose. Anne M. Ruffner Taylorsville Pity The five stages of the regular letter writer from Lake Davis: 1) Annoyance 2) Anger 3) Disbelief 4) Amusement 5) Pity. I am now at five. So sad. Terry Southworth Blairsden Hurting our people According to CIS, between 2000 and 2014, the total number of working age immigrants holding a job in Tennessee increased by 94,000 while jobs held by natives declined by 47,000. There are 1.3 million Tennesseans Out of work -- just a snapshot of America. . At the same time, homelessness is on the rise and will continue. Sure, we can say some are lazy, but many are simply down and out. Do I suggest socialism? No. Just take care of our people who need help. So all my fellow conservatives can call me a "lib" when I state that I agree with the UK Independent's article titled "U.S. Cities' Crackdown on Homeless People is Close to Ethnic Cleansing." The UK interviews Arnold Abbott, a 90-year-old retired Philly cop, and director of"Love Thy Neighbor" who makes a meal once a week for the homeless. "Many cities have chosen to criminally punish people living on the street for doing what any human must do to survive," he states. Arnie is definitely going to where the angels fly some day. Rather than help our people, it is apparent that the "elite" leaders would like this problem to "just disappear." It is doable to set up regional areas where people could always go to camp. Instead, we create Homeland Security at a cost of $56 billion per year. We send $5 billion to Ukraine to ruin Eastern Ukraine. We let illegals in by the trainload who are whisked off to sanctuary cities with AC and full recreation facilities. James Boyd, a homeless man and our brother, was murdered recently in cold blood in New Mexico by Albuquerque's "finest" for not abandoning his rural camp spot. Since the Sunday that I viewed his murder on YouTube, my life has never been the same. RIP bro. We're going to change this thing. Robert Milne Clio LaMalfa not one of us Doug LaMalfa claims "he's one of us." Don't believe it. He is one of them. One of the rich one percent, one of the, fat cats, one of us indeed. While LaMalfa has been "working his way up" as a career politician, he and his family (dba DSL Lamalfa Family Partnership) have collected over $5 million in farm subsidies. Meanwhile LaMalfa has opposed food aid programs that benefit the poor and unfortunate. Apparently, LaMalfa believes in welfare for the rich and free enterprise for the poor. Well folks, we can send LaMalfa home to work on the family farm. Of course, he may choose to stay on in Washington and work full-time as a lobbyist for his corporate benefactors. That's where the real money is. We have a choice. We can elect Heidi Hall to Congress. I have met Heidi and heard her speak. She is obviously intelligent, thoughtful, well educated and well informed. Unlike the Republican Party, Heidi Hall is not afraid to take on the Tea Party zealots and their fat cat cronies. I believe that Heidi understands the challenges and hardships facing the working class, the middle class, our veterans, our unemployed and the new generation that is coming of age in these tough times. We need a new Congress if we want to avoid another pointless and expensive government shutdown. LaMalfa is part of the problem, not part of the solution. We need a voice in Congress that will speak for the 99 percent of us, not just the 1 percent of us. So please, Democrats, Republicans and Independents, let's all work together and elect Heidi Hall to Congress. Ron Lunder Westwood Smoke bombs On July 7, while I was driving on a very busy street in Chico, still a little careful from having had a routine eye examination, a brightly colored car suddenly switched lanes and threw a huge cloud of grey-black smoke right in the face of my Prius. For a moment, I was stunned, and not being able to see through the cloud of smoke, I almost panicked, thinking that I would be behind a car with a bad exhaust problem until I could change lanes. However, I could not see to change my lane. Luckily, the cloud ' dispersed and did not reappear. I figured that the police would eventually ticket him for polluting and order him to fix his engine. The day before I wrote this letter, I found out that out-of-control conservatives have fixed their cars to throw these clouds to show their contempt for the world of science's warnings of global warming. The Prius car is their primary target. My Prius had been smoke bombed. Apparently, smokers are purposely blowing tobacco smoke into the faces of others to show their reckless contempt for the medical profession's warnings regarding tobacco's cancer-causing effects. To what depths of degradation are ultra-conservatives determined to drag our civilization? Salvatore Catalano Taylorsville Don't sit back and . let others do the talking for you. Express yourself in our LETTERS TO THE EDITOR email: dmcdonald@plumasncws.com Contact your elected officials... PLUMAS COUNTY SUPERVISORS - 520 Main Street, Room 309, Quincy, CA 95971; (530) 283-6170; FAX: (530) 283-6288; E-Mail: pcbs@countyofplumas.com. Individual supervisors can also be e-mailed from links on the county website, countyofplumas.com PRESIDENT - Barack Obama, the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20500. (202) 456-1414. Fax: 202-456-2461. E-mail: whitehouse.gov/contact / U.S. SENATOR - Dianne Feinstein (D), 331 Hart Senate Office Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510. (202) 224-3841; FAX: 202-228-3954; TTY/TDD: (202) 224-2501. District Office: One Post Street, Suite 2450, San Francisco, CA 94104; Phone: (415) 393-0707; Fax: (415) 393-0710 Website: feinstein,sena te.gov. U.S. SENATOR - Barbara Boxer (D). District Office: 501 1 St., Suite 7-600, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 448-2787; FAX (916) 448-2563; OR 112 Hart Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20510. (202) 224-3553. FAX (202) 228-0454. U.S. REPRESENTATIVE, IST DIST. - Doug LaMalfa. 506 Cannon HOB Washington, D.C. 20515. (202) 225-3076. lamalfa.house.gov. DISTRICT OFFICES: 1453 Downer St., Suite #A, Oroville, CA 95965; 288 Churn Creek R., Suite #C, Redding, CA 96002. STATE SENATOR, 1st DIST. - Ted Gaines. State Capitol, Room'3070, Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 651-4001, FAX: (916) 324-2680. El Dorado Hills Constituent Service Center. 4359 Town Center Boulevard, Suite 112, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762. (916) 933-7213, FAX (916) 933-7234; Redding Constituent Service Center. 1670 Market St, Suite 244, Redding, CA{ 96001, (530) 225-3142, FAX (530)225-3143. STATE ASSEMBLYMAN, 1ST DIST. - Brian Dahle, State Capitol, I Room 2174, Sacramento, CA 94249, (916) 319-2001; FAX (916) 319-2103. i District Office, 2080 I-lemsted Dr., Ste. #110, Redding, CA 96002; (530) 223-6300, FAX (530) 223-6737. GOVERNOR Jerry Brown, office of the Governor, State] Capitol, Suite 1173, Sacramento, CA 95814. Website: gov.ca.gov/ (916) 445-2841. FAX: (916) 558-3160. J